One of the first recipients of the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) programme Jonathan Kapumba is currently in South Africa participating in the Nature Environment and Wildlife Filmmakers, better known as Newf.
Kapumba, who has been working with various players in the film industry since he finished MTF, was nominated for Newf by one of the fellows, Mainala Silondwa, to join as a special guest at the inaugural summit which ends tomorrow.
Newf is an organisation based in Durban, South Africa, primary engaged in work aimed at addressing the challenges faced by the natural world and driving solutions through impactful storytelling.
A press statement from Newf says, through an integrated state of programmes, they inspire and incubate emerging science, nature and wildlife and conservation storytellers in digital media in Africa.
The statement further says Newf aims to impact diversify and transform the industry by encouraging stories told from African perspectives by authentic African local voices.
“Our vision is that the stories of Africa that celebrate and advocate the protection of her natural history are told by a connected network of visual storytellers originally led by indigenous African voices.
“Our mission is to remove the barriers to entry and build capacity to enable access, support inclusion and create a culture of equity by African nature, environment and wildlife visual storytellers,” reads the statement signed by Newf Production and Impact Manager Emily Cross.
Kapumba, who was in the first MTF cohort alongside Chimwemwe Mkwezalamba, said he was excited to participate in the summit.
“We, as filmmakers, need to share ideas and also develop our skills in all disciplines and I am happy in that this is also about the environment,” he said.
The filmmaker is expected back on Saturday.
Kapumba, who is based in Lilongwe, maintains that the future of Africa’s film industry is heading in the right direction.
“So far, I have seen individuals using Red cameras and Black Magic cameras and serious directing, especially in film industries in South African productions and Nollywood,” he said.
He also said the country has made tremendous strides in film and that qualify films have been produced.
“I would like to improve my skills in camera work. I want to reach international standards as director of photography,” Kapumba said.